Hardware-Assisted Garbage Collection for the Icon Programming Language

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1992-12-01
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Chinta, Ramakrishna
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Hardware-Assisted garbage collection for Icon guarantees real-time response and consistent performance. This report describes the changes made to Icon's run-time system in porting Icon to the hardware-assisted garbage collection environment and compares the performance of fifty Icon programs using the traditional and hardware-assisted garbage collection implementations. Throughput for the hardware-assisted system ranges from 45% slower to 28% faster than the traditional system. Suggestions for improving the performance of the hardware-assisted implementation are also discussed.

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